Taco Book

Taco Book

The Sunday Paper #486

November 19, 2023

In 2021, I started a tradition – creating a list of 100 favorite paper resources of the year. For 2023, I’d love to include your recommendations as well. Tell me about them here. You’ll find a link to last year’s list for inspiration when you click through.

I needed to grin today. This Taco Book was created by Janna Willoughby-Lohr of Papercraft Miracles. She does such interesting projects with paper and flaunts it on Fridays over in The Paper Studio on Facebook (I always enjoy seeing what others share, and I learn so much from in this lovely community). Janna created the taco guest book for a 10th Anniversary Party – the taco “shell” paper is called Blonde Ale and is made from abaca fiber and yellow recycled paper with spent hops from a local brewery. So fun!

Wishing all of you in the U.S. a lovely Thanksgiving this week! Is anyone having tacos?


I had the pleasure of interviewing Ilze Dilane on Paper Talk. Dilane is a papermaker and artist in Riga, Latvia who runs a papermaking studio out of the Pardaugava Music and Art School, where she teaches children, teachers and adults about the art and craft of handmade paper. Dilane also runs an annual papermaking symposium in Rite, Latvia.


If you’re in Columbus, OH, check out the Paper Houses exhibition at Sarah Gormley Gallery by Michele BonDurant (painted, cut paper) and Nicki Crock (dimensional paper paintings). The show runs through December 2nd.

Nicki Crock, Permeate; 7.25 x 7.25 x 2, paperboard, secondhand house paint.


Different pieces of kite artwork by Susan Perry at Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca. Photo by Caleb Gilbert


This is an interesting story about folded paper triangles.


Paper Tidbits

  • I had the good fortune of meeting Fred Siegenthaler at the IAPMA Congress in Fabriano, Italy in 2014. Fred passed away on September 30, 2023. I was delighted to find this blog post that I wrote about him back in 2014, where you can read about two of his great contributions to the papermaking community. We will miss you, Fred!


Featured Projects

Speaking of paper triangles, Donna LaVallee sent me this sweet holiday card, adapted from the Valentine Love Note project in The Art of Papercraft (designed by Cathryn Miller). Donna made a bunch of these for a holiday card exchange. The card unfolds to reveal this poem by Christina Rossetti. How sweet is that?


Products and Workshops:

Click on the photos to read more and purchase:

Handmade Paper Pack • The Art of Papercraft + a Handmade Paper Pack

Make a Book Light (12/2/23) • Red Cliff Paper Retreat: (8/26-30/24)


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